Art critics believe that this mysterious painting “began” as an ordinary flower still life. Ophelia appeared here after flowers were written. The girl’s light profile is so blurred that the viewer cannot even understand if Ophelia is alive or already dead.
But it is in the possibility of ambiguous interpretation that the main charm of the picture lies. In fact, Ophelia among the Flowers should not even be considered as an illustration of the Shakespearean tragedy. And the dreamy, detached Ophelia Redon is not the unhappy, crazy Ophelia of Shakespeare.
It seems that it would not be
In addition, Ophelia is almost incorporeal here, and that’s what a soul should be.